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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2013 4:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Happy TDIH

Good morning, Western Hemisphere. I get to be the first to say Happy Birthday to Phil!

While we all wait with fortunately non-baited breath for him to appear and say, "Why, thank you loyal fans for your wishes," which if he ever did would just get him slammed as a troll anyway, here's an interesting show for forumites with some very powerful sections.

This must have been a strange occasion. It seems that Phil's 33rd b-day was also the first performance after Pig’s death. ("Happy 33rd to Phil; oh and btw Pig won’t have a 33rd." It must have felt … well, I really have no idea, what with never having been a famous musician myself who had to perform on my birthday right after a friend's death, but it clearly wasn't just One More Saturday Night.)

Anyway, parts of the show are a rough AUD; others are a SBD, though also not the best. But there's some powerful stuff in here. Sampling it so far, I started with Truckin. There’s something more going on here than rough sound: the singing is intense, raw, even angry; the “long strange trip" line is almost a howl of pain. The playing, too, is jagged and driven. There’s a point where it seems to be going into a Nobody’s Fault jam, and then that leads into a TOO that’s just … wow. Clementine praised it in his review as "one of the very best I've heard."

This TOO goes to a lot of places: driven, contemplative, lyrical, raw, celebratory, dark, chaotic, in places almost howls of sorrow and hurt, perhaps a lot of recollections in there both sweet and tragic, all of it given voice by instruments that seem to speak (and scream and cry and comfort) ... OK, maybe I’m reading too much into it, but maybe not. One reviewer who said he was in the audience said the band stood in a circle for much of the show, facing each other and not the audience.

Then there’s an Eyes that in spite of some rough patches is really beautiful, and a touching, gentle, reflective China Doll.

It’s hard not to think, while listening to all this, that whether or not Pig died of drink (and c’mon, it had to contribute, whatever genetic whatzit may have been involved in his cirrhosis), the tale of Pig and Phil is a heck of a pairing. Phil being 73 today and in such seemingly wonderful shape (musically, mentally, physically) is a real miracle; it could so easily never have been. May he have many more!

This is one of only three shows played on Phil’s B-day, it seems, the others being in ’69 and ’90 (his 50th).

http://archive.org/details/gd73-03-15.sbd.cotsman.14035.sbeok.shnf

Btw You Ain’t Woman Enough is quite a mood breaker after China Doll …



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2013-03-15 11:46:50

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Mar 15, 2013 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Phil



:) that is
Peace & Love to all!

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Mar 15, 2013 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

thanks for shakin' my bones Phil.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 15, 2013 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

The Dead also played a show on 3/15/68, part of a Carousel run.
It was also a sad show for Phil - he writes, "Neal's death had hit me harder than I knew; I'd been obsessing on the loss of one of the most inspiring people I'd ever known."
He says that it was at one of the shows on that weekend that Jerry got pissed at him for not playing & pushed him down the stairs - though it's uncertain just which date that was.

He also writes about 3/15/73:
"Going on stage without Pigpen was clearly difficult for the whole band. During our first performance after his death, I had the first and only attack of stage fright in my life... We were still expecting him back at any time. Now that he was really gone, I felt an aching loneliness on stage."
This despite having played without him since July '72!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 15, 2013 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

Yep. Imagine the what-ifs... I have this vision where Barton Hall ends with disco Midnight Hour into a Pig Donor Rap.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2013 5:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

LOL! Would he have gone disco? Oh the horror.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Mar 15, 2013 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

NEVER! He would definitely take on the late and current rappers for sure! (Pig that is)

This post was modified by Pig Street ! on 2013-03-15 14:01:16

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2013 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

Definitely not the bling and brand-name type. But he might be sympatico with this one. Although the clothing choice ... well, that seems more like 60s Phil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 15, 2013 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Pig's Donor Rap

Now whisky and wine
They done done me wrong
I used to feel fine, oh
Now I'm singing this song

Thought it was all ooooo-ver
Started feelin' colder
Then I found a donor
Over my left shoulder

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Poster: craven714 Date: Mar 15, 2013 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy TDIH

Welllll... LA - TI - Freakin - DA!!!
Arent you the lucky one =}

Thanks for the nudge in the right direction AR and

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHIL!

now where did I put my pill box and my pill box hat???